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Are you all about recycling? Do you save your newspapers and plastic bottles and send them to the recycler? Do you drop off your old clothes to thrift stores? Have you ever thought about what happens to your car at the end of its useful life?

The automobile recycling industry has been thriving for over a seventy-five years. Though it may not seem like a tree hugger’s dream, auto recycling helps our planet. The parts in your car today will come in handy when it comes to making your children’s cars in the future. Now, you may be thinking, “But technology will be so advanced by the time my two year-old is driving.” That is true, but automobile recycling will proceed along with it.

Did you know?

1. Automobiles are the most recycled product in the world. Every year, over 25 million tons of the things we recycle are from autos. Metal, windshield glass, aluminum, individual parts, and tires (to name a few) are among the most prevalent recycled materials and assets these days.

2. 86% of your automobile can be reused after market. That means things like the engine coolant, motor oil, or the battery. These things are important, because it means less natural resources are used to make new vehicles. Approximately 90% of the aluminum in an automobile can be reused or recycled to make new cars.

3. Each year, Americans recover 25 million tons of auto parts. Professional auto salvage operations tear apart the engine and transmission to reclaim useable parts. This is especially important for people who need a rare component that is not in production any more. And rebuilt parts are less expensive than new parts

4. Every year, the amount of recycled car parts in the United States is sufficient enough to produce roughly 13,000 new vehicles.

5. In addition to more autos, the aluminum we recycle can be reused to make airplane parts, bicycles, countertops, soda cans, tile, and some jewelry. Car tires are used to make asphalt, flooring, and footwear.  Glass beads, jewelry, bottles, and dishes are made from windshields, as well as tile flooring, countertops, and porcelain.

Environmentally responsible auto owners want to prolong the life of their automobile as long as possible. Here at Miles Auto Service in Sewell, that’s exactly what we do by providing expert car repair and maintenance services. Call (856) 441-3894 to talk to a service technician.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy points out that if you mow your lawn and discover an old car, you might be a redneck. But see if you can get some quality parts out of it.

Car Talk: Who Owns Who?

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The 21st century automotive ruling class contains as many intermarriages as 19th century European nobility. Take Toyota, for example. They actually own Lexus and Scion, so next time you take the wheel of a luxurious Lexus, look a little closer and you may see some design cues modeled on Toyota. Let’s review some other auto makers that are related to each other.

When you hear “Volkswagen,” what do you think of? Many New Jersey motorists think of German-engineered cars at an affordable price. But when you think of big ticket Porsche, Audi, and Bentley, you probably envision some of the most elegant automobiles on the road. But you may be surprised to hear that Volkswagen owns all three of those brands and more. Namely, Lamborghini and Bugatti, both of which have designed mind-blowing sports cars that belong in a class of their own. Volkswagen Group is the most diverse car manufacturer in the world. They market just about any type of automobile imaginable, from economical subcompacts to super cars that cost millions of dollars.

Volkswagen has certainly advanced significantly since introducing the world to the humble little Beetle over 70 years ago.

BMW is another celebrated auto manufacturer that has become a distinctive luxury brand. But this German company also owns two other brands that are as unique in their own ways. Mini and Rolls-Royce are both owned by BMW.

Ever heard of Daimler AG? Probably not. Ever heard of Mercedes-Benz? Most likely. Actually, Daimler AG is the proud parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart Cars. Since Mercedes-Benz is a universally admired brand, that may be why Daimler AG allows them to operate so independently.

With all the mergers and acquisitions in the global automotive industry, the line between “foreign” and “domestic” has been blurred beyond recognition. Many of the automobiles built in the country are owned by foreign-based organizations and, in addition, have multiple overseas-sourced parts.

Regardless of your automobile’s heritage, the auto experts at Miles Auto Service will expertly handle all of your maintenance and auto repair needs. Call (856) 441-3894 to speak with one of our friendly technicians.

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Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fun Fact: To make the noise of the boulder plummeting toward Indiana, the audio team recorded a car rolling with the motor off. Bonus Fact: To make the trucks’ motors sound extra fierce for the chase sequences, tracks of real-life tiger growls were incorporated.1

Movie: Back to the Future
Fun Fact: Since the DeLorean was virtually a primary character, the filmmakers wanted to get the audio just right for the motion of the gull-wing doors. Oddly, the audio team didn’t like the sound of the actual doors opening and closing. They chose to use the humming sound of electric car windows. Bonus Fact: This effect was also used as the sound of Doc’s automatic dog feeding apparatus.1

Movie: Transformers 3
Fun Fact: 532 cars were smashed during the filming. Bonus Fact: The character Bumblebee was originally a yellow VW bug.2

Movie: Mad Max
Not So Fun Fact: A serious motorcycle accident was captured while filming and worked into the storyline. In one of the memorable scenes, a motorcycle rider was intending to jump a car. During filming, the stunt rider accidentally crashed into the automobile and was almost killed. No wonder the scene looked so authentic!

“According to trivia book Movie Mavericks by Jon Sandys, one of the more spectacular stunts in the second movie was actually a serious accident. One of the motorcycle-riding raiders hits a car, flies off the bike, smashes his legs against the car, and cartwheels through the air towards the camera.3

Movie: Cars
Fun Fact: Many of the car-embodied characters were modeled on real-life cars such as Ramone (1959 Chevy Impala), Fillmore (1960 Volkswagen Microbus), and Sally (2002 Porsche 911). Bonus Fact: This motion picture was Oscar winner and skilled auto racer Paul Newman’s final and highest grossing film. Newman died in 2008, two years after voicing Doc Hudson in the Pixar classic.4

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1Owen Williams, “The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects, Empire, March 11, 2015,, access March 10, 2017
2Tom Harrison, “Top 11 Movies That Killed The Most Cars,” CarThrottle,, accessed Mar 10, 2017
2“Transformers Random Facts,” Visually,, accessed March 11, 2017
3Coy Jandreau, “44 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mad Max Movies,” Ranker,, accessed March 10, 2013
4Rebecca Pahle, “10 Fast Facts About Cars,” Mental Floss, February 17, 2016,, accessed March 11, 2017